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How Fire and Smoke Can Damage Expensive Electronics

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

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How Fire and Smoke Can Damage Expensive Electronics

Smoke and flames can come from many sources. In an office environment, improperly stored or maintained electronics can result in an electrical fire that spreads and damages valuable computers and hardware. Conventional fires can also create smoke and fire that damage electronics, requiring extensive restoration. While covered electronics may seem immune to the effects of smoke and soot, there are several reasons that this is not the case.

1. Excessive Insulation
When electronics are exposed to a large enough volume of smoke, they become coated in a black film. This film insulates important components, causing them to overheat and expire.

2. Soot Corrosion
Removing smoke damage from surfaces such as walls or windows as early as possible is important because soot is highly acidic. The same goes for your electronics.

3. Magnetism
Although the magnetic charge carried by smoke is very slight, it can still short circuits in computer electronics or appliances. Magnetism caused by smoke is unlikely to stop functioning completely, but it can shorten the life of many devices.
Computer cleanup after a fire requires a thorough understanding of both appropriate disassembly practices and buildup removal. When attempting a cleanup, all electronics should be turned off and unplugged to avoid short-circuiting or further electrical fire. All components that contain memory, such as hard drives should be removed. Transfer important data to an undamaged computer at your earliest convenience, in order to ensure that your data is not lost, should the restoration process fail to revive the host device.
If you are unsure whether you can successfully restore your businesses' devices on your own, you should not hesitate to contact a qualified electronics technician. Repairing electronics after your Pasadena, TX  electrical fire can be the difference between getting back to work and having to buy a whole new set of equipment. These days, office computers do a lot more than hold memos and payroll records. Make sure yours are restored correctly.

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